Description

This is my first ever PC build.

I primarily needed a computer powerful enough to handle my Plex server demands. I used to run my Plex Media Server (PMS) off a decent laptop but storing all my media on external USB hard drives was becoming difficult to manage and very slow. I only had 4 USB ports and I needed more storage space!

Ever since I heard of the Intel Core i9-7900X I knew it was going to be more than powerful to handle my needs. But as soon as heard of the Threadripper with all it's cores for $200 cheaper I knew I had found the right processor! I had been waiting for all the parts to release, and as I live in Dubai it usually comes a few weeks later. However, it also comes with a good 20-30% price hike for some reason! Luckily I found out Newegg had their own Dubai based website and delivered for a reasonable amount ($115).

I ordered everything from Newegg except for the PSU, case and monitor - because they would significantly increase the shipping weight and it would be similarly priced here so what the heck.

The final product blows my mind. I have enough space for 20 hard drives, enough graphics power to do some light gaming all while running my dedicated PMS in the background. I couldn't be happier and I hope this investment pays off!

I will be adding more case fans and hard drives as I go. I don't care about RGB lighting so I didn't bother with that even though I could have. I prefer the stealth look to be honest!

Disclaimer: I don't know how to build computers so I had it built professionally from a local computer store. Please let me know if my $100 installation fee was worth it or not!

Comments

  • 28 months ago
  • 5 points

I think the cable management was done well, is it work $100 well I'm not sure how i feel about that. 1200w power supply was a bit overkill, Also only 1 60hz 1080p monitor with no gsync is extremely under rated and you will not get the full gaming experience out of the msi 1080's. Also if this is going be a server you might want to think of getting more ram and maybe also make it a VM machine so you can run games as well as have it a server in the background.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitor was really a quick purchase because it was going for dirt cheap. The PSU is a bit overkill but when I overclock my ram and add hard drives as my media grows it should be ok. Thanks for the tips!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

100$ for assembly is a good deal. most shops charge in the nature of that. dont listen to all the haters.

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

A great idea is to look at an online pc build guide, don't pay for installation.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

As it was my first build and the parts were pretty expensive I didn't want to accidentally break something! Next time I shall definitely build it myself

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

The GPUs are sagging a little, but apart from that, looks good. You can't go wrong with this hardware, hope it serves you well.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I hope so too. Will definitely be adding a GPU backplate soon

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

I have a few suggestions, 1) for starters if you have a threadripper and 2 1080s in sli I would strongly recommend getting a 2k or even a 4k monitor and having a higher refresh rate. Monitors you do not want to cheap out on if the rest of the pc was that expensive. 2) I would recommend getting a newer sli bridge because it will improve framerates a bit. 3) Just suggestions to make it look better since you got a fully modular psu I would recommend getting braided cables from cable mods or even corsair themselves, I would also recommended fixing the Gpu sag. I would try and find a backplate for the Gpus. finally I think that more ram would be better if this was a server. Overall its still a very nice build with two or three things to make it a god build! of course a lot of these are optional.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought this moniter because it was on a super sale and it got me up and running. Looking to buy a 4k moniter within the next few weeks. Is the SLI bridge which came in the box not good? The bridge came with the motherboard. Should I go for a MSI bridge or the brand doesn't matter? Definitely going to fix the GPU sag and will be adding more RAM as soon as my order arrives! However, my ram speed is 3200 but it only shows as 1600 or 2000. Any idea why this happens?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

The sli bridge isn't bad, but getting a msi one would improve frames by a bit. Maybe check the bios and see If you can change it there if not I would unplug the ram and plug them back in, if that doesn't work maybe try using the other 2 slots. certainly a beastly build and will crush 4k.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Even though it's never showed more than 1600 it was already set at 2400. I increased it to 3200 in the bios but still no change. I'll unplug the ram and plug it back in. But according to the manual if it's only 2 memory cards i should place them in A2 and B2, which is what they are in right now. I notice some lag and dropped framerates while gaming because of the ram not being fully utilized.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmm I don't really know maybe check the XMP

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

I could've put that together for you for free! I enjoy building PCs :)

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I WISH I KNEW YOU 5 DAYS AGO!!

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  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, i'd like to use this x399 taichi mobo. Can you tell me if i can make hardware raid via the taichi bios without problem ?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes you can. AMD just released the new update for RAID hard drive and M.2 support. It's probably the easiest RAID configuration I have seen..

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  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Will definitely look into the bridge. I actually don't even see the glass side of my PC based on my table setup so it really is pointless..

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  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Going to order one this weekend and update this build!

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